The AAFA American Image Awards Honor John Bartlett, Steve Madden, Fern Mallis; GAP Inc., and

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Tonight in New York the 32nd Annual AAFA American Image Awards are taking place.  The awards are special, and the invitation above is absolutely breathtaking.  I love it!  Even more special than the awards and the fabu invite is the fact that the awards benefit Autism Speaks.  Since someone I love, my little nephew, has Autism, I hope a lot of money is raised tonight to fight this mysterious disease that is on the rise. Autism is becoming a worldwide epidemic. I applaud the AAFA for raising money for this cause.

Congrats to all the fashion honorees, especially my chum from Cincinnati, John Bartlett who has been named Designer of the Year.

Pictured: Designer John Bartlett, AAFA American Image Awards’ Designer of the Year.

John is a really creative designer.  His menswear has the most beautiful, classic lines.  And of course, I am thrilled that he is returning to design women’s clothes.  Big Hug to John from The Recessionista.  John says, via Twitter, “Super happy and honored” to be named Designer of the Year.

Other award winners include:

  • The Fashion Maverick Award : Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion (you may have seen her on Project Runway.  She is  a key component of NY Fashion Week). I love that she has spoken out about some of the scary skinny models at fashion week.
  • The Retailer of the Year Award: GAP, Inc. This is a big win for Patrick Robinson and his design vision.  If you haven’t checked lately, the Gap’s Collection of American Women Heritage shirts is almost all sold out.  I waited too long to order!
  • The Brand of the Year Award : Steve Madden. Classic shoe styles  for men and women.
  • The E-Tailer of the Year Award :  This site literally has just about everything all in one place.  They have style profiles, lots for great designers and a special section under $100.00.  Another good recessionista pick!

What do you think readers? Do you shop these brands or stores?


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.